Leadership of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG), has denied reports that their sit down strike has been called off after meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC) on Thursday, March 8, 2018.
According to the National president for TUTAG, Dr Anthony Ayarkwa, leadership of the Association met the minister of education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, and other stakeholders in the tertiary education sector to discuss the way forward to address their concerns.
Members of TUTAG stayed out of the classroom for days in protest of the amendment of certain sections of the 2016 Act that establishes Technical Universities in the Country.
The Amendment bill which is currently before parliament seeks to grant powers to the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to perform functions which TUTAG argues falls within the purview of the governing councils, Academic boards and Principal Officers of Technical Universities in Ghana.
Speaking to Beachfmonline, Dr Adarkwa has stated that they had to suspend the strike as negotiation and talks are still ongoing but not called off.
“We are still in talks with the education ministry and other stakeholders hence the need to suspend our strike and not called off as being reported” he emphasised.
Dr Ayarkwa however revealed that even though TUTAG trusted the government to meet their demands, they would resume full strike if government fails to address their concerns.
Kojo Ennimil Arthur|Beachfmonline.com|Ghana